Just returned from seeing the movie and I enjoyed it. I'd be interested in hearing what egregious historical inaccuracies it contained.
Regardless of all the historically inaccurate things in the movie..
The thing that bothers me most is the continued misrepresentation of slavery. We have a tool like a major movie to bring the truth to light, and once again the truth does not come out.
I watched Gone With The Wind last night (was on TCM, have seen it a few times before and read the book). It's amazing because you see the truth. Things got worse for the slave class after the war. We started using prisoners for slave labor and treated them terrible, and blacks were largely treated worse than before the war. Everything got worse. Most slave owners had great relationships with their slaves. There are so many misconceptions about slavery, for one, most people don't realize what small percentage of southerners owned slaves. No one knows that one of the largest plantations in the South was owned by a black man. It's all just frustrating the way our perception of history is totally skewed. Slavery would have phased out just like it did in other countries, I'm not advocating slavery, I'm advocating the truth.
Lincoln didn't free slaves out of a moral principle, he did it to change the financial landscape. He even wanted them all shipped out of here after the war... sent to the jungles in South America instead of returning them to Africa. The truth rarely get's told, and a major Hollywood production is the last place you'll find it.
This post was edited on 11/22 at 4:34 pm